Denise Goldberg's blog

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


It's amazing to see the changes in a garden in just over a week. Yesterday I walked the gardens at Long Hill and was greeted by peonies in bloom.

peonies in 2 rows

Monday, May 23, 2016

looking down

As I was walking yesterday I looked down to see a carpet of tiny flowers at my feet.

a carpet of tiny purple flowers

Sunday, May 22, 2016

first iris

I was delighted to see iris in bloom when I visited the Stevens-Coolidge Place this afternoon. There were a couple of varieties in bloom; many more were wearing buds.

first iris

to Bedrock Gardens

This weekend is the first open house of the year at Bedrock Gardens. A desire to wander among sculptures drew me to Lee, NH for a visit.

I plan to return again as the temperatures grow warmer and encourage flower bloom.

sculpture, Bedrock Gardens

More photos of this fabulous place can be viewed in the gallery Bedrock Gardens :: 2016.

If you live in the vicinity of southern New Hampshire and you enjoy creativity I highly recommend a visit!

Saturday, May 21, 2016


I love the delicate flowers of spring! These were captured at Long Hill just over a week ago.

delicate flowers of spring

Friday, May 20, 2016

a walk in the woods

Maudslay State Park was a horticultural and agricultural estate before it became the property of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and was transformed into a state park. Azalea and rhododendron are scattered through the property; this is the time of year when the flowers start to appear.

When I visited the park just over a week ago it was still early. Today I saw bright flowers on both types of plants. Some are still wearing only leaves, some are wearing early buds, and some are bursting with bright blooms.

azalea in bloom, Maudslay State Park

I know I'll need to visit often over the next few weeks to watch the transformation. I'm happy I discovered just a few weeks back that I was eligible for a lifetime Senior MassParks Pass for $10. That pass now lives in my car so it will always be available when I need it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

as tulips fade

Tulips retain their beauty even as they drop petals at the end of a too short blooming season.

tulip, petals dropping

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

a poppy bud

Tulips are fading amid signs that new species of flowers will be opening soon. Poppy buds are still completely closed, and iris buds are starting to emerge.

I'm looking forward to the next splash of color.

a bud, soon to open as a delicate poppy

Monday, May 16, 2016

on the wall

I'm still working through selecting the contents of my newly painted walls. Some photos and artwork that lived on the walls before are jumping back on the walls, some are not. I'd like to think I've evolved as a photographer over the years. As part of that I've become more selective.

It's funny, there are a couple of photos that I took a long, long time ago that have been re-hung.

Most of my later work was printed on either metal with a block on the back causing it to float off of the wall or on canvas wrapped around a wooden frame with part of the photo visible on the sides of the frame.

I had a large canvas print (20 x 30 inches!) in my office that was flat mounted on a board. It was sitting on a small surface-level easel leaning up against the cubicle wall. I moved the print home and quickly realized that I wouldn't be happy with the flat print simply attached to the wall, time for a frame. Luckily the local frame shop had a 50% off sale when I walked in; I had forgotten how much framing something can cost. I chose a metal frame in a rusty color to complement the photo. Since the photo was printed on canvas I opted to leave it natural, no glass. I picked up the framed photo and it jumped onto a wall. I'm happy!

There are more photos to hang, all printed on metal. It will a bit more time for me to focus on the right locations.

framed canvas print
a view from high in the Lake District, framed canvas print

Sunday, May 15, 2016

late tulip

While many of the tulips are in an unfolding or wilted (end of season) state there are still a few standing tall, wearing bright colors. This beauty in pink caught my eye.

late season tulip